There have been superstar pairings in the past. There have been drama surrounding superstars. It has become a part of sports. However, the teaming up of superstars this year has been above and beyond what it ever has been in the past.
It used to be the Olympics were the only reason that true superstars played on the same team. After Miami’s Big Three was announced, Magic and Michael chimed in with their disapproval, but sports are different now.
So now that football training camp is underway, and the LeBron Media Circus has taken its show to the side ring (is Vegas really just a side ring now?), the NFL is preparing to launch their own reality show, sort of, with Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens and joining forces for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens each already have their own off-field reality show, but will this new not-so-odd-couple be more sideline antics than better football?
There are a few things that suggest…both.
Ochocinco and Owens have been friends for years. They’ve trained together in the off-season. They’ve appeared as guests on each other’s reality show. They are capable of getting along. Despite it appearing that they are more entertainment than athlete, both players have a skill set and work ethic that make them some of the best in the game today.
Whether or not you care for either player because they use entertainment and ridiculousness to get attention, they are capable of playing great football.
Hines Ward, future Hall of Fame candidate and wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers recently shared his thoughts with ESPN. “He’s going to take a lot of pressure off the other guys. But him, Antonio [Bryant] and Chad [Ochocinco]? I feel for Carson [Palmer] (laughs). Let’s see how Carson handles that.”
The bottom line, Cincinnati football fans get a better offensive attack, and more entertainment. Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens will push each other, and make each other better on the field. They’ll also do the same in the antics and entertainment department.
The biggest winners in the deal may be Carson Palmer and Antonio Bryant, who could quietly have their best seasons while the defenses around the league are distracted by the Ochocinco/Ochouno show.